The church was a church plant of St Thomas' Anglican Church, North Sydney, North Sydney in February 2005. It offers four Bible-based services each Sunday 8am, 9:30am, 5:00pm and 6:30pm and one Saturday evening at 5:30pm, followed by supper.
The purpose of Church by the Bridge is to reunite people who have put their trust in God but haven't been attending church, and for people who live in the area to have the chance to listen to the Good News (Gospel).
The congregation consists of around 400 people. The fellowship includes folk from many and varied backgrounds, both married and single, and a handful of young families. A good number of the congregation are young professionals, in the 25-39 age group.
The senior pastor is Paul Dale.
The Church of St John the Baptist was founded in 1884 within the Parish of Christ Church, Lavender Bay. It subsequently became a parish. The population of Milsons Point declined following commercial development of the area in the 1970s.
In 1983 a Chinese/Cantonese speaking congregation based in the Cathedral decided to join the congregation of St John's. The finances improved and arrears of assessments were paid.
The church was amalgamated with the Parish of Neutral Bay on 1 December 1989 to ensure continuity of ministry. The size of the congregation increased from 1983 to 1993 by 300% due to the addition of the Chinese congregation. In 1993 the congregation comprises approximately 10% local European residents and 90% Chinese from many parts of the Diocese.
In 2007 the Chinese (Cantonese) congregation moved to Artarmon. Bishop Davies invited Paul Dale to consider becoming curate in charge of St John’s.
Saturdays at 5:30pm
Sundays at 8am (Classic Anglican), 9:30am (families with Kids Church), 5pm & 6:30pm
- Church by the Bridge website
- Church by the Bridge gets made - Sydneyanglicans.net
- Laying the foundations at Church by the Bridge - The Briefing
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